02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Robust Planning for Transportation and Routing
Transport and route planning in practice involve some level of robustness. One reason is to ensure that some suitable level of uncertainty in, for example, demand or transport needs are included in the planning process. Another is to make sure that the overall plan is efficient also for operations before and after the transportation, for example, production and distribution. A third reason is to make sure that the plan sustainable and avoids or limits so-called creaming or cherry picking. In this presentation, we focus on some transportation and route planning applications in natural resources to illustrate some of the above issues and describe how robust planning can be achieved (or at least improved). In particular, we will look at generation of suitable data, integrative and anticipative planning, and direct use of robust optimization.